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1. Having the shape of the hand; resembling a hand with the fingers spread.

2. (Science: botany) Spreading from the apex of a petiole, as the divisions of a leaf, or leaflets, so as to resemble the hand with outspread fingers.

3. (Science: ornithology, zoology) Having the anterior toes united by a web, as in most swimming birds; webbed. Having the distal portion broad, flat, and more or less divided into lobes; said of certain corals, antlers, etc.

Origin: L. Palmatus marked with the palm of a hand, from palma the palm of the hand.